Picturing Provincetown

Highlights from the Collections of Helen and Napi Van Dereck & the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

May 28 to November 30, 2004

Curated by Laurel Guadazno and James Bakker

The extensive private collection of Napi and Helen Van Dereck provides a window into 19th and 20th century life in Provincetown. There are scenes of fishing boats, wharves, houses and gardens, of people making their lives close to the sea, mending nets, cleaning fish, clamming on the tidal flats.


This exhibition features more than 60 paintings from the Van Dereck collection and that of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. Several are being shown publicly for the first time. Works are by well-known Provincetown painters including Ross Moffett, John Whorf, Blanche Lazzell, George Yater, Nancy Ferguson, Dorothy Lake Gregory, William Zorach, Charles Kaeselau, Bill Bicknell, Arthur Diehl, Oliver Chaffee, and George Elmer Browne.


The exhibition pairs the paintings with historical photographs, postcards, tools, fishing equipment, and other artifacts from the museum’s collection to place them in a broader historical context. Text from literary sources including Time and the Town: A Provincetown Chronicle, Mary Heaton Vorse’s 1942 classic book, deepens the visitor’s understanding of life in early Provincetown.


Please join us on this Provincetown trip back in time, through pictures, words, and artifacts.


Marcus Waterman (1834-1914)
Collection of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.
William Auerbach-Levy (1889-1964)
The Clam Diggers
Collection of Helen and Napi Van Dereck